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Veterans Crisis Line National Military Appreciation Month
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23rd Annual Military
& Civilian
Combat Stress Conference

Evidence-based Integrative Treatment For Trauma & PTSD

Friday - Sunday, April 29-May 1, 2016
San Diego (Carlsbad), California, USA

Attend 1-3 Days & Earn From 6 to 18 C.E. Hours

The 23rd Annual International Military & Civilian Combat Stress Conference is the leading and longest-running conference on combat stress in the world. The conference was founded by and continues to be directed by Col. (Ret.) Bart P. Billings, Ph.D. and has culminated in publication of his new book Invisible Scars: How To Treat Combat Stress And PTSD Without Medication. This annual conference takes place the first weekend of May in recognition of National Military Appreciation Month. This multi-disciplinary event brings civilian and military medical and mental health professionals from around the world together to share their clinical expertise and integrative treatment approaches about topics such as:

• PTSD Blast Injuries Crisis Intervention Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Suicide Terrorism Compassion Fatigue Deployment & Redeployment
Grief & Loss Military Culture Medication Issues Returning Troops
Nightmares Reintegration Combat Readiness Threat Assessment


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CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
Each day will feature four different approximately 90-minute presentations with one or more speakers. The exception is Sunday which will feature one speaker making two different three-hour presentations. Please note that the speakers and times are subject to change without notice (e.g., as a result of military deployment, flight cancellations, etc.). Any changes in advance of the conference will be posted on our website.

FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2016 • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. • 6 C.E. Hours


8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. • Registration And Sign-In, Networking, Plus Coffee And Carbs

9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Traumatic Brain Injury, PTSD, and Violence Risk

Cynthia Boyd, Ph.D. is a neuropsychologist and the Senior Scientific Director at the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) at Naval Medical Center San Diego. She has been involved in clinical and educational efforts at DVBIC for the past 10 years. She provides in-service training at Naval Medical Center and has presented nationally on a variety of neuropsychological issues such as traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, and malingering of psychological symptoms and cognitive dysfunction. She is a subject matter expert on violence associated with TBI and PTSD. She has been actively involved in the legal/forensic arena, specifically regarding TBI and legal issues in returning troops. Since 2008, she has participated with the legal community to establish a Veteran’s Court in San Diego. As a representative of DVBIC, she has been an invited to provide TBI and PTSD educational trainings to members of law enforcement, district attorneys, public defenders, United States Navy JAG, and California superior court judges. She also has an independent practice in forensic neuropsychology specializing in forensic evaluations of TBI, PTSD, and violent offenders. She has been retained as an expert witness in capital cases involving Veterans with TBI and PTSD.

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. • Treating PTSD And Military Sexual Trauma

Denise Budden-Potts, Ph.D. brings more than 30 years of clinical competence to the area of PTSD research and treatment, and is one of the pioneering researchers helping military vets alleviate the intrusive symptoms of post-traumatic stress. She is the Clinical Director of the San Diego Branch of the Research and Recognition Project where she treats male vets
diagnosed with severe PTSD, and recently completed a clinical study with female vets diagnosed with Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and general PTSD. Joseph F. Potts, M.S. is the San Diego Project Manager and Co-Chair Western Advisory Board of Research and Recognition Project.

12 p.m. to 1 p.m. • Lunch (on your own)

1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Treatment of PTSD

Frank Bourke, Ph.D. is a Clinical and Research Psychologist. After the 9-11 attacks he designed and implemented a rehabilitation plan for 800 World Trade Center building survivors. He has served as an Associate Professor of Community Psychology at the New York School of Psychiatry, and was a Lecturer for Cornell University Psychology and Education Departments for undergraduate and graduate-level courses in Community Mental Health and Psychology.


2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. • Veteran Reintegration And Military Cultural Competence

This presentation addresses veteran reintegration and what we are learning from the experiences of United States military combat veterans as they make meaning of difficult wartime experiences in an academic setting and the need for military cultural competence for academic faculty and administrators, as well as mental health professionals.

Barton D. Buechner, Ph.D. is an Adjunct Faculty of Military Psychology at Adler University in Chicago, Illinois, and is Retired Captain of the U.S. Naval Reserve. His undergraduate education was completed at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He also completed the College of Naval Command and Staff program at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He has served the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Home of California as both a Deputy Administrator and Special Representative.



SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2016 • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. • 6 C.E. Hours


8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. • Registration And Sign-In, Networking, Plus Coffee And Carbs

9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. • Veterans And Their Partners: Reducing PTSD With Home-Based Intervention

William Collinge, Ph.D.William Collinge, Ph.D., MPH, LCSW provides mental health services in Eugene, Oregon through the VA's Veterans Choice Program and the Returning Veterans Project. He has served as a scientific review administrator for both NIH and the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. He was co-Principal Investigator of the NIMH-sponsored project Mission Reconnect, a self-directed program of mind- and body-based skills that Veterans and their partners use collaboratively to improve mental health outcomes and relationship well-being. Users receive multimedia instruction online and via mobile app in a set of contemplative and mindfulness-related practices as well as partner massage. The randomized controlled trial of 160 post-9/11 Veteran/partner dyads found significant improvements in PTSD, depression, sleep quality, perceived stress, resilience, self-compassion and pain with use of the program.

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Integrative Treatment For Combat PTSD: Lessons Learned From 1,500 Active Duty Soldiers

Jerry E. Wesch, Ph.D. is a psychologist working on the Sedona PTSD Recovery Project to translate lessons learned from the Warrior Combat Stress Reset Program to a Veteran population. Additionally, he is developing a Neurofeedback/TBI case study series and coordinating a Needs Assessment Task Force on Veterans and Families for the Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley. He is the former Director or the Warrior Combat Stress Reset Program at Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood where he directed and developed intensive multi-modal outpatient PTSD programs as well as provided e
valuation and treatment of active duty soldiers with PTSD, TBI and a wide spectrum of mental health conditions.

12 p.m. to 1 p.m. • Lunch (on your own)

1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EMDR Therapy In The Treatment Of PTSD

E.C. Hurley, Ph.D.

E. C. Hurley, Ph.D. is the Founder and Director of Soldier Center and specializes in using EMDR in treating acute stress and PTSD. Following hurricane Katrina he treated first responders in Louisiana as they were impacted by acute stress due to the nature of their disaster work. Most recently he treated first responders and National Guard personnel using the EMDR recent events protocol following multiple tornados which struck Oklahoma City. His chapter entitled Treating Military Sexual Trauma With EMDR Therapy is included in the 2015 book Treating Military Sexual Trauma.

He
is a retired Army Colonel with over 33 years of service in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve. His numerous assignments ranged from duty in the United States, Germany, Korea, and military operations during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm. His military awards including the Army Meritorious Service medal (awarded three times), the Bronze Star medal, and the Legion of Merit.

He was selected and trained as an EMDR trainer by Francine Shapiro the developer of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). He has provided EMDR trainings world-wide and is an Approved Consultant and instructor with the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). He is a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress (BCETS) and a Diplomate with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. He served as a supervisor with the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction (IITAP) for several years.


2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. IASIS Micro Current Neurofeedback Intervention For Diminishing The Effects Of PTSD and m-TBI

Dr. Huang and his team will be presenting information about the pilot study conducted at UCSD (for which Dr. Huang and his team received UCSD – IRB approval as well as VA – IRB approval) proving the efficacy of the IASIS intervention for diminishing the effects of PTSD and m-TBI.

Mingxiong Huang, Ph.D. is the IASIS principal investigator, a Professor in the University of California, San Diego (UCSD)’s Department of Radiology, and a career research health scientist and physicist at VA’s San Diego Healthcare System, and the Associate Director of the UCSD magnetoencephalography (MEG) Center. He is a leading scientist with international reputation in developing advanced MEG source-imaging techniques, in integrating MEG with other structural and/or functional brain imaging techniques (such as diffusion tensor imaging), and in applying MEG to study neurological and psychiatric disorders in humans. He has had more than 24 years of experience in MEG research, focusing on MEG resting-state as well as MEG somatosensory, motor, auditory, and visual responses in normal subjects, and in patients with neurological disorders (such as traumatic brain injury (TBI), stroke or epilepsy) and psychiatric disorders (such as schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)). He has been leading author or co-author in over 75 peer-reviewed publications.

Barry Bruder is the Founder and President of IASIS Technologies, Inc.

Sean Pakbaz, M.D. is the medical director of IASIS Technologies, Inc. and is an endovascular surgeon at Scripps in La Jolla.

Ret. Marine Master Gunnery Sgt. is the Military Liaison for IASIS Technologies, Inc.

Ret. Marine David Carrasquillo is the Law Enforcement Liaison for of IASIS Technologies, Inc.





SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2016 • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. • 6 C.E. Hours


8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. • Registration And Sign-In, Networking, Plus Coffee And Carbs

9 a.m. - 12 p.m. • War All The Time (Part I): How Combat Shatters The Image Of Normalcy


This workshop explores a soldier-psychologist’s recollections of combat operations and how war shattered the image of himself and his world. The presentation follows a chronological record of the presenter’s participation the Afghanistan and Iraq Campaigns. Workshop participants will learn about military culture, how senior military leaders think about war and learn the psychological imperatives of combat, and how these imperatives can shatter basic beliefs about normalcy, creating the psychological conditions for the development of PTSD.

Jeffrey Stolrow

Jeffrey P. Stolrow, Ph.D. is a practicing clinical psychologist with a 34-year career serving the Department of Defense with the Marine Corps, Army, and Navy. His career as a clinical psychologist includes providing training support to Department of Defense clinical psychology and high-risk training programs, clinical support to Service members and their families, and personnel assessment and selection support to Special Operations Forces. During his 21 years as an Army Clinical Psychologist, he participated in four combat tours from the onset of hostiles following 9/11 until 2004, serving as an operational psychologist and combatant with Special Operations Joint Task Forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. He has extensive knowledge and experience in operational psychology, combat stress, high-risk military training, and PTSD. His awards include the Army Medical Department Order of Military Medical Merit and Army Proficiency Designator in the Field of Clinical Psychology.


12 p.m. to 1 p.m. • Lunch (on your own)

1 p.m. - 4 p.m. War All The Time (Part 2): Experiences Of A Psychologist With PTSD


This workshop explores a soldier-psychologist’s experience of coping with PTSD and his psychotherapeutic journey to heal the psychological wounds of war. Workshop participants will learn about the importance of client-centered therapeutic techniques and the “Experience-Near Approach.” The presenter will also share helpful adjunctive psychotherapeutic techniques.

Jeffrey Stolow

Jeffrey P. Stolrow, Ph.D. is a practicing clinical psychologist with a 34-year career serving the Department of Defense with the Marine Corps, Army, and Navy. His career as a clinical psychologist includes providing training support to Department of Defense clinical psychology and high-risk training programs, clinical support to Service members and their families, and personnel assessment and selection support to Special Operations Forces. During his 21 years as an Army Clinical Psychologist, he participated in four combat tours from the onset of hostiles following 9/11 until 2004, serving as an operational psychologist and combatant with Special Operations Joint Task Forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. He has extensive knowledge and experience in operational psychology, combat stress, high-risk military training, and PTSD. His awards include the Army Medical Department Order of Military Medical Merit and Army Proficiency Designator in the Field of Clinical Psychology.








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Conference Venue Information







Health Education Conference Center
Tri-City Wellness Center
6250 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA 92009
Directions: Map/Directions
Parking: Free

HOTELS (Listed in order of proximity.)


Hampton Inn (~1.4 miles away)
2229 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad, CA 92011
(760) 431-2225
www.hamptoninncarlsbad.com
La Costa Resort & Spa (~2.5 miles away)
2100 Costa Del Mar Road, Carlsbad, CA 92009
(800) 854-5000
Courtyard by Marriott (~1.5 miles away)
5835 Owens Avenue, Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 431-9399
La Quinta Inn & Suites (~3.7 miles away)
760 Macadamia Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92011
(760) 438-2828
Holiday Inn (~1.7 miles away)
850 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad, CA 92009
(877) 863-4780
Hilton Garden Inn (~5 miles away)
6450 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, CA 92011
(760) 476-0800
Residence Inn (~2.3 miles away)
2000 Faraday Avenue, Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 431-9999
Motel 6 (~7 miles away)
6117 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 931-7958





Attire
Military: Class B or battle dress uniform (all services)
Presenters: Class A uniform if desired
Civilians: Business casual or casual

Continuing Education Addendum
This conference provides continuing education hours for most licensed mental health professionals (i.e., psychologists, LCSWs, MFTs) and licensed healthcare professionals (e.g., nurses, rehabilitation counselors) in California and other states. Please visit our CE page to determine if your state board recognizes our status as an approved continuing education provider by the various national professional organizations and state licensing boards.

ATTORNEYS: Psycho-Legal Associates, Inc. has been approved by The State Bar of California as a provider of Minimum Continuing Legal Education (Provider #: 4521). Each day of this six-hour live conference will qualify for MCLE credit in the amount of 5.5 hours of participatory credit if the content of this conference is directly relevant to your area of practice (e.g., medical malpractice and military law).



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Tuition: Fee includes continental breakfast and afternoon snacks. Lunch and dinner are on your own.

Reservists and National Guard may be eligible to attend this conference in lieu of a drill weekend and receive drill pay by completing an RST (Form DA1380). Just ask your commander for details.

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